Download a full publication As a teacher, I hope my phone does not ring during class. For more information, please email, leave message, or fax.  Thank you for your understanding and consideration. Tan M. Lam Email: Voice: (206)984-5583 Fax: (206)309-9678 Continue reading

Philosophy of Teaching

As a teacher, I must understand that students learn differently and have various skill levels. These require me to use a variety of teaching strategies and a rich collection of information resources. As a teacher, I must be able to create an active learning and supportive environment both inside and… Continue reading


I failed elementary school in Vietnam for two years. The last days of the Vietnam War were also my last days of school. After the war, schools were used mostly for propaganda, so my dad decided to pull me out of 4th grade. In 1980, I escaped Vietnam using a… Continue reading

About Tan Lam

Tan, his wife Thuy, and two children have been living in Des Moines, Washington for eight years. Tan was one of the “boat people” escaped out of Vietnam on a small fishing boat. Growing up during the Vietnam War and in five refugee camps taught him the values of prudence,… Continue reading